The Komondor Dog -rare appeal
The Komondor is a visually appealing dog, but very rare. In Australia, there is just a handful of the breed in existence and it is recommended only for extremely devoted owners.
Komondors can cost around $1500 -sometimes more -and the breed, which originated in Hungary, is protective, but potentially aggressive. Komondors do not require a high level of grooming despite their thick coat, and it is recommended they are not bathed often as this can ruin the thickness of their white coat.
While the Komondor is a regarded as a guard dog, basic obedience training from an early age is highly recommended. The Komondor should be welcomed, in order to bond closely with its owner/family in its early years. It is a stubborn breed, so developing good habits early on is vital by using firm training methods mixed with rewards for good behaviour.
Magnificent in appearance
The Komondor is large in size and a magnificent looking animal with a distinctive thick white coat. Another feature is the breed’s muscular body which helps it satisfy its main function as a guard dog. The Komondor mixes good looks with supreme strength. The breed also boasts a large head with a short neck. But the Komondor’s picturesque thick coat is the best feature of them all.
According to some sources, the coat can reach the ground when the breed is about five years old. Male Komondors can also grow to around 80cm and its thick coat can add some kilograms to the body mass of the breed. The corded white coat on this breed is also among the heaviest of all breeds. The coat can also curl as the dog grows older, but, in good news for owners, this dog does not shed consistently.
Intelligence is not a problem with the Komondor, so it generally knows when it is an appropriate time to guard its turf. The Komondor is independent, thoughtful, but also prone to be aggressive. The breed does not have a mild temperament and barks often and is therefore recommended only to experienced dog owners who know how to keep their canine disciplined and under control.
The dogs are loyal and will keep a close watch on their owners and react to any sign of trouble. They can also become aggressive towards lesser-known people and strangers. They are known to be full of energy and enthusiasm and, due to this, keeping them busy and active is of the utmost importance. Like a lot of other breeds, if they are bored they can become frustrated. But at the same time, the Komondor is highly protective of those it knows best and quite devoted. Because of this, it can become aggressive towards other breeds and animals and it is not recommended that owners mix them in with other pets.
Breed training requirements
Early training is a must with this breed because, as mentioned, the Komondor is stubborn and prone to aggression. They should be trained with a firm hand but also rewarded when appropriate. Training the breed fairly but consistently will bring the best results.
Komondor health issues
The average lifespan of the Komondor is just over a decade. Hip dysplasia has been found in the breed, like most dogs, but it is mostly suffered by Komondors overseas. Because the Komondor’s coat is thick, it must be checked regularly to prevent fleas and other inconvenient items. Other conditions which can affect the Komondor include bloating, eye problems and entropion.
Considerations before purchase
Komondors can be a wonderful companion if trained correctly. They are fiercely loyal towards loved ones but prone to be aggressive around strangers. The breed’s frequent barking habits make it an appropriate guard dog and its strength and speed make it the perfect dog to perform such a task. In its native land, the dog initially guarded sheep and other animals and this is its main function.
There is a limited number of the breed in Australia and they are best suited to experienced dog owners who have the knowledge to train and care for the dog appropriately.